Feeling Happy

These cards make me happy. They really do. Our new Painted Petal stamp set is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS and fun to rubber stamp with. But it’s the sheen of the background leaves from Crazy About You that intrigue me most. I keep wanting to smooth my fingers over them.


Creating a Tone-on-Tone Look:
I think tone-on-tone is a great look. It adds interest without taking the attention away from the main feature of the card. In this case, I created a tone-on-tone background by stamping the leaves from Crazy About You with Versamark and then heat embossing them with clear embossing powder.  In addition to achieving the monochromatic background I was hoping for, I was also rewarded with the beautiful, glass-like sheen of the leaves. I’m a tactile kind of gal and I’m drawn to these leaves.

Is it just me or do you want to run your finger over them too?

Using Hello You thinlits:
Yesterday I posted a video tutorial on how to cut the Hello You thinlits on the Big Shot. See that tutorial here. IMG_3763

Many people have asked me how I glue these whisper thin elements to my projects. I use Stampin’ Up!s’ All Purpose Liquid Glue. The needle-nose applicator is perfect for applying thin whisps of glue.

2-Step stamping:
I love me some 2-step stamping. I always have. Two-step stamping is fun, fast and doesn’t require perfection.  Most people are concerned about lining up the two colors perfectly but part of the charm of 2-step stamping to me is that slight offset look. The 2-step stamp set I used here for the flowers is our new, beautiful Painted Petals. I stamped off when I stamped the flower and leaf backgrounds but I used the ink full strength when I stamped the details on top. That’s how I got two different shades of Rose Red, Pacific Point and Old Olive. 

In a previous post I mentioned that I was experimenting with wood stamp sets again. They do have benefits that the clear and photopolymer stamp sets do not. However, with the Painted Petals stamp set, I highly recommend you go with photopolymer. Some of the stamps are large. Lining them up is difficult with the wood version unless you use your Stamp-A-Majig. Photopolymer is easier to use with this stamp set and I think you will be happier with the results.

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